Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is convicted with 17 corruption charges.
According to reports, the prosecutor is seeking 15 years in prison.
In Chicago today, the former Governor’s wife and daughter pleaded leniency for his sentencing.
One of the charges is attempting to sell out an appointment in US Senate.
Lawyer Aaron Goldstein presented the letter to Judge James Zagel.
Patti Blagojevich, his wife pleaded, “Your honor, I ask you humbly with the life of my husband and the childhood of my daughters in your hands, be merciful.”
Rod’s daughter Amy wrote,Â “I need my father, I need him there for my high school graduation… I’ll need him when my heart gets broken.”
One of the prosecutors, Reid Schar called the former Gov. a ‘very clever criminal’ and thinks that he is really guilty.
Rod’s attorney Sheldon Sorosky even admitted that he really committed the crime.
“We accept the fact that it’s a crime. It’s illegal. He should not have done it.”
Even if the lawyers think that he committed the crime, they said that he is not the mastermind of the criminal conspiracy and he did not earn from the corruption.
They suggested in court that he deserves at least four years in court or probation.
But the prosecutors provided enough evidence that Rod is guilty.
One of the evidences is the phone conversations secretly recorded by the FBI.
Zagel said, “There is no question from his tone of voice that he was demanding. His role as a leader is clearly shown by his actions.”
The hearing is set this Wednesday.